England-based netball star Loreen Ngwira says she has quit her English Vitality Netball Superleague (VNSL) side Manchester Thunder, but declined to give reasons.
This is in sharp contradiction to what the reigning England top-flight netball champions posted on their website earlier yesterday that the gangly goal defender has been ruled out of the 2021 season on medical grounds.
In an interview from Mancherster yesterday, Ngwira said: “I made a decision and I am happy with my decision.”
On allegations that she could be expectant, the Queens star said: “You can write that if it is pregnancy, then the future will tell, but I don’t see any problem with somebody deciding to resign.”
But a statement issued by the club says the Malawi Queens gangly goal defender will not be part of the team this season on medical grounds.
Reads part of the statement posted on its website manchesterthunder.co.uk: “Loreen Ngwira has been ruled out of the 2021 season on medical grounds. The Malawi Queen will return home to be with her family.”
The statement also quotes the team’s director of netball, Karen Greig as having said: “Of course, we are disappointed to lose Loreen at such a crucial time as the season is about to start. We wish her well and a safe trip home.”
“However, we need to act fast now and will endeavour to find a replacement to continue our quest to retain the Vitality Netball Superleague title.”
The 27-year-old joined the Manchester-based side from London Pulse in 2019 after stints with Copper Box Arena and Team Nothumbria.
The new season throws off tomorrow and ironically, Thunder, who also have another Malawian star Joyce Mvula, will line-up against compatriot Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda’s new club Strathclyde Sirens.